Saturday 18 November 2017

Tyrrell: Farrell can push on from periphery and emulate Aylward impact

Jonjo Farrell helped himself to 1-5 in the Cats’ Leinster semi-final win over Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Jonjo Farrell helped himself to 1-5 in the Cats’ Leinster semi-final win over Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Jackie Tyrrell has backed emerging Kilkenny star Jonjo Farrell to have a big summer for the Cats.

Farrell helped himself to 1-5 in the Cats' Leinster semi-final win over Dublin as he stepped up in the absence of Richie Hogan and the retired Richie Power.

And Tyrrell believes he can do something similar to Ger Aylward last year - who emerged from the periphery of the Kilkenny squad to win an All-Star.

"You'd like to think (Farrell can have the same impact) and hope so," Tyrrell said.

"They're different players. They have different strengths. Jonjo would be. . . he gets great goals. Any time he gets the ball 25 yards out, he'll put the head down and if the goal is on, he'll take it.

"Ger has that also but they're different players. You'd be hoping scoring 1-5 gives him great confidence now.

"But you're only as good as your last game now and training is back. He'll have to show up in training now."


"I marked him a few times now and no, you wouldn't really have seen a 1-5 coming. Was he going well? Yeah.

"But you'd often mark lads and you might get the better of them some days, then they might be man of the-match the following week in an All-Ireland semi-final or final.

"One thing with Jonjo, he has a huge work rate and he has a huge appetite for work on the ball. He just got the early scores and his confidence was up. It just went on from there. His goal, he took it so instinctively.

"He's been kind on the periphery there for a few years now. I suppose he's seen his chance and he took it."

Farrell is the latest Kilkenny player to make his debut having served his apprenticeship on the panel for a few seasons.

And Tyrrell hailed Brian Cody's man management for being able to keep players around the panel even if they aren't seeing game time in the Championship.

"What keeps them going? I suppose they see the likes of Ger Aylward," he said. "I'm sure (Farrell) was sitting on the bench last year, looking at Ger Aylward and thinking 'why couldn't that be me?'.

"And Brian has given so many examples if lads are going well in training and getting a chance to believe that 'right, if I still stay going, I will get a chance.'

"And when they do they see perfect examples of that, there could be someone on the bench looking at Jonjo going, right if I stay going, I could get in there."

Irish Independent

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